Welcome to the Biomechanics of Animal Locomotion Laboratory at the School of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University. We study the physiology, ecology and evolution of animal locomotion using comparative biomechanics. Our research approach provides insight into the adaptation of animals for locomotion within the constraints imposed by biological and physical principles.
To this end, we use modeling, simulations and experiments (in the lab and field) to break down locomotion to its bio-mechanical components (for more information see the Research page).
Interested in joining the lab? Visit the Open Positions page
Room 228, Sherman building
School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
email: gribak at tauex.tau.ac.il
We are affiliated with:
School of Zoology, TAU - link
The Garden for Zoological Research - link
The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History - link
Sagol School of Neuroscience - link
We collaborate with:
Dr. Ir. Florian Muijres, Wageningen University - link
Prof. Roi Gurka, Coastal Carolina University - link
Dr. Bat-El Pinchasik, Mechanical Engineering, TAU - link
Latest Lab news (last update Aug, 2021):
10/12/2021 We are seeking a PhD student for a funded research project on insect flight. Interested students please visit the members page
18/08/2021 See the publication page for our new paper published in the Journal of Insect Physiology. It evaluates the effect of intraspecific variation in body mass on mass-specific mechanical energy expenditure in flying mango stem borer beetles.
17/06/2021 Our recently accepted paper reports the measurement of metabolic rate of free flying beetles. See the publication page and the press release (in Hebrew)
29/04/2021 New lab members - Welcome Or Filc and Hagar Csillag. Both will be joining the lab for a MSc research on biomimetic wings and waterbird hydrodynamics, respectively
29/04/2021 Our latest published paper examines the flight of miniature parasitic wasps to visual targets in the presence of wind. See publications page
06/01/2021 See the publication page for our 2020 papers on jumping insects and robots, the unsteady wakes of beetles flying in wind tunnels, insect electrostatics, variation in wing flexibility of scarab beetles, the physiological limitations on flight physiology in gravid female insects, and flight maneuverability with flexible wings.
01/09/2020 Gal returns from a sabbatical at CCU